Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday, January 21st: Exodus 1-3, Matthew 14:1-21 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Exodus 1-3; Matthew 14:1-21

“Then the Lord said, "I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭3:7-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This passage is specifically speaking about the Israelites and delivering them from Egypt, but to me it also seems to be speaking prophetically about all of humanity. God has seen our suffering (both just and unjust), and He has come down to deliver us. God Himself came down to earth in order to deliver His suffering people from our sin and restore us to right relationship with Him and with each other.

Unfortunately, that deliverance is not fully complete in this earthly lifetime, and doesn't mean that everything will go well for us as believers. This is evident in John's life with his imprisonment for courageously speaking the truth, and ultimately his death. But his physical death ushered him into the presence of God, and the eternal and perfect fulfillment of our deliverance by the Bread of Life.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Exodus 4-6; Matthew 14:22-36


Miriam said...

I had a little chuckle this morning when I read that Pharoah's daughter paid Moses' mother to nurse her own son. First recorded maternity benefits? :D Less funny: the midwives being ordered to kill the boy babies of the Israelites. They feared God and did not follow those orders and God blessed them for it. This reminded me that it is important to respect earthly authority, but not over and above God's laws.

Nathan said...

We need to be living our lives with the focus on what happens to us after our earthly lives are over. We spend alot less time here on earth then we will in Heaven or hell, depending on our choice while here on earth.

Jody said...

I think of how elated Moses' mom must have been when she got called to nurse him. Can you even imagine?! How painful that must have been for her to say goodbye and set him off, and what a beautiful gift God orchestrated for her to be called back to care for him.